July 10, 2015
(This is part of a 365 project during my 70th year where I write and illustrate a blog on each day’s gift.)
|Photographer Devin Allen poses at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in front of his iconic Baltimore unrest image that graced the cover of Time magazine.|
Today, David and I stopped by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture to see a special photo exhibit by 26-year-old Baltimore photographer, Devin Allen, whose photos capture the many layers of the racial unrest in Baltimore following Freddie Gray’s death. In May, one of his iconic images appeared on the cover of Time magazine, a rarity for an amateur photographer.
When we entered the museum’s new community room, huge black and white photos jumped out at us. A group of kids were sitting and listening to a young black man talk to them. We soon figured out that it was the young photographer himself and learned that when one of the students tweeted about their field trip happening then, Devin dropped everything to come and meet the kids. Timing is everything and today our timing was good because we had a chance to meet the photographer.
During the unrest in Baltimore, Devin posted his street photos on Instagram and they began to go viral. He didn’t put his name on the photos because, instead of aiming for fame and money, he was interested in everyone seeing the truth. The power of his photos conveys that Devin was capturing images with his heart.
The exhibit also has chalkboards which invite visitors to interact, “How will we come together to move forward? #WeLoveBaltimore.” Some responses capture the positive: Black lives always mattered…by knowing one another; Devin is part of the solution; I will make a legacy; I will be the best man, father and teacher to our youth; Tell our story; Start with love of your fellow man; Come together as one; I’m gonna make a change; Work together; Remember we’re all in it together; Stop killing, start living; Devin never give up ever you are my inspiration.”
My gift today is Devin Allen’s photos from the heart.
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